Media Release: Call for screening of women for heart disease after complicated pregnancies

Pregnant woman

Women with complicated pregnancies are often unaware of their higher risk of heart disease, Australian researchers warn in a new paper published in respected journal PLOS ONE.  

Major complications including high blood pressure, preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by two to three times compared to women with uncomplicated pregnancy – however awareness remains low, the South Australian study found.  

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